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Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Early Papers, 1946-1969

Summary

Creator: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Title: Early Papers
Dates: 1946-1967
Volume: 7 boxes, 34 inches

Preface

This collection consists of material that was originally contained in four separate series: the Office of the President and Dean (George James), the Board of Trustees Records, the Office of the Director of The Mount Sinai Hospital (Steinberg), as well as a few files from the Hans Popper Papers. They were brought together in this collection in the late 1980s in response to a research request for information on the founding of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

History

Mount Sinai School of Medicine was chartered in 1963 and opened for classes in 1968. When it opened, it was the first American medical school since the Flexner Report of 1910 that was not sponsored by a university. The opening was the culmination of many years of work by The Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Trustees, medical staff, and senior administration. Studies were performed by groups of physicians and medical educators who were brought in to assess Mount Sinai's suitability as a site to host a medical school. Mount Sinai administration and medical staff also visited the offices of the American Medical Association, the American Association of Medical Colleges, and their joint Liaison Committee on Medical Education to get their insight into what needed to be done to make it acceptable for a hospital to establish a medical school.

After the School was chartered, the process of writing a grant to the federal government to support the building of a medical school facility (the Annenberg Building) was begun. The grant was initially submitted in 1964, and then updated as time passed with no money forthcoming. The grant application was supported by a series of studies made by internal Mount Sinai staff, as well as by external consultants. The subjects of these reports were how the physical campus should change to accommodate the creation of a school, as well as what the management structure of the Hospital and School should be and how the two organizations should relate to one another.

It became clear to the Mount Sinai group that there was some reluctance to fund a new school that was based at a hospital, so they set about finding a university affiliation. This process was long and contentious; discussions were held with many universities. The early leading candidates were City College and the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In August 1967, the young School announced its affiliation with The City University of New York (CUNY). The next month, Mount Sinai received $26 million in federal grant funds. This was the largest such grant made to a medical school up to that time. When the grant money was received, Mount Sinai had already begun the fundraising campaign that would provide support for building the School. The final goal of $152 million was reached in 1976, eight years after the School opened and three years after the Annenberg Building was built.

Another major activity of the early years of the School was identifying someone to become the Dean and lead the building of the School program. Initially Irving Schwartz, MD was brought on in January 1965 and identified as the Dean to outside site visitors. Later that year, George James, MD, the Commissioner of Health in New York City, was announced as the Dean of the Medical School, with Dr. Schwartz assuming the positions of Dean of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences and Chairman of Physiology, roles he ably filled for many years. Hans Popper, MD, Director of the Department of Pathology and a leader among the group of medical staff who wanted to found a school, was appointed Dean for Academic Affairs and oversaw curriculum and faculty relations. Dr. Popper wrote many of the early papers outlining the goals and plans for the new school, including "The Mount Sinai Concept" in 1965.

More information about the founding of Mount Sinai School of Medicine may be found in the article by Kenneth M. Ludmerer, "The Origins of Mount Sinai School of Medicine," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, v. 45, 1990: 469-489.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains files created by senior Mount Sinai leaders who participated in the creation of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Of particular note is a booklet by Mount Sinai Trustee Leonard Block called 'Let us NOT sponsor a Medical School' [in 1961 Corresp. file]. Also included here are some of the early studies on the school, founding documents and policy statements. There are also files about how to create publicity for the new school. One effort was a film with Milton Eisenhower, President of Johns Hopkins University and brother of Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the narrator. The film describes why Mount Sinai would be a good place for a medical school. Copies of the film, "The Mount Sinai Story," are included in the Archives Visual Material Collection (VM 59.)

Two oversize items were removed to separate housing. See the folder listing below for details.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Subjects

  • Abramovitz, Max
  • Baehr, George, MD: Box 1, f.l 2
  • Block, Leonard, Box 2, f.9
  • Blumenkranz, Joseph: Box 1, f.8; Box 2, f.1; Box 7, f.4 7
  • Brandeis University: Box 1, f.3
  • Buildings: Box 7
  • City University of New York: Box 1, f.3 4
  • Community Medicine, Dept. of (MSSM): Box 2, f.6
  • Curriculum: Box 1, f.7, Box 3, f.1 4, Box 6, f.6 8
  • Curriculum Committee (MSSM): Box 3, f.4
  • Development Committee, Bd. of Trustees: Box 3, f.8
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Eisenhower, Milton: Box 6, f.5
  • Federation of Jewish Philanthropies: Box 1, f.3; Box 2, f.7 8
  • Founding (MSSM)
  • Fund Raising: Box 3, f.8; Box 4, f.2 4, 6 9, Box 5, f.l 3
  • Glaser, Robert J., MD: Box 1, f.1 2, Box 3, f.5 6
  • Golden, William: Box 2, f.2; Box 3, f.6
  • Graduate School of Biological Sciences (MSSM): Box 4, f.4
  • Hodes, Horace L., MD: Box 6, f.5
  • James, George, MD: Box 2, f.6; Box 3, f.5 7
  • Kaufman, Moses Ralph, MD: Box 6, f.5
  • Kety, Seymour S., MD: Box 1, f.l 2
  • Klemperer, Paul, MD: Box 1, f.1
  • Levy, Gustave L. (Gustave Lehman), 1910 1976
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education: Box 5, f.6; Box 6, f .1 2
  • Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center: Box 1, f.3; Box 2, f . 7 8
  • Office of the Dean (MSSM)
  • Organization and Administration: Box 2, f.10 12
  • Organizational Affiliation: Box 1, f.3
  • Popper, Hans, MD, Ph.D.
  • Research Administrative Committee (MS): Box 2, f.2
  • Schools, Medical
  • Steinberg, Martin R., MD

Container List

Box

Folder

Contents

1

1

Advisory Committee - Corresp.; Minutes, 1962-64.

 

2

Advisory Committee - Corresp., 1965.

 

3

Affiliation: Corresp., minutes re: possible affiliations, 1960-63.

 

4

Affiliation: Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute - Informational brochures, etc., 1966.

 

5

Affiliation: City College - Corresp. Re: affiliation, 1960-63.

 

6

Architects, Contractors - Letters of interest in project, 1963-64.

 

7

Architects - Rejected applications, 1963-64.

 

8

Basic Science Departments - Space, curriculum planning, 1964-65.

2

1

Blumenkranz - Corresp.; Reports, 1963-65.

   

Blumenkranz: "Compilation of 1963-64 Curricula of Medical Schools, United States, Canada and Territories," nd, oversize, removed to Map Case D6, G 2

 

2

Blumenkranz - Reports, photos on research visits to medical schools, 1963-1964.

   

Blumenkranz: Survey and Recommendations for The Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical School, oversize, June 1964, shelved on Q 7

 

3

Building - Memos re: planning space, 1965, 1967.

 

4

Castle-Wood Report on Research at MSH - Report; Corresp. with William Golden, 1961-62.

 

5

Charter - Corresp.; Text; Revisions, 1962-66.

 

6

Committee for Future Development of the Hospital - Minutes, etc., 1946, 1956-58. [Became Committee on Development]

 

7

Committees - Minutes; Memos, 1963.

 

8

Community Medicine Advisory Committee - Corresp. with members, 11/1964-65.

 

9

Correspondence; Reports, 1958-61.

 

10

Correspondence; Reports, 1962-63.

 

11

Correspondence; Reports, 1964-65.

3

1

Curriculum: Engineering - Corresp., reports on possible program, 1964.

 

2

Curriculum - Position papers; Proposals; "A New Curriculum"; AMA curriculum on reproduction, c1964-66.

 

3

Curriculum - Proposals by dept. heads, 1964.

 

4

Curriculum Committee - Minutes; Notes on other schools' curriculum, 1963.

 

5

Dean Selection - Corresp.; Minutes, 1963-65.

 

6

Dean Selection - Mr. Golden's files, 1963.

4

1

Dean Selection - C.V.'s of candidates, 1963-65.

 

2

Development, Committee on - Minutes, 4/1958-9/1961

 

3

Faculty Appointments - Memos on procedures; "Standing Committee", 1964-65.

 

4

Financial - Corresp. re: grant funding, legislation; Budget projections, 1959-66.

 

5

Fundraising - Report of Marts & Lundy; Corresp. re: gifts; Solicitation of foundations, 1961-66.

 

6

Graduate School - Statement of purpose, n.d.

 

7

Group Practice, Committee to Study - Minutes, etc., 2-4/1962.

 

8

HEW Application, 8/14/64.

 

9

HEW Application: Teaching Hospital Application, 2/27/65.

5

1

HEW Application: Medical School Application, pp. 1-210, 2/27/65.

 

2

HEW Application: Medical School Application, pp. 211-399, 2/27/65.

 

3

HEW Application: Medical School Application, pp. 400-end, 2/27/65.

 

4

HEW Application: Blumenkranz Reports on Space and Outline Specifications, 7/64.

 

5

HEW: Revised Architectural Description, 2/4/66.

 

6

Joint Committee on Medical School Planning - Minutes, 1962-64.

 

7

Lecture Series on "Medical Education of the Future" - Corresp. re: speaker, 1963-64.

 

8

Liaison Committee on Medical Education - Corresp., 1958-65.

6

1

Liaison Committee on Medical Education - Report by MSH to LCME, 9/9/64.

 

2

Liaison Committee on Medical Education - Report of consultation visit of Jan. 8-9/65.

 

3

Master Planning Committee - Minutes; Twenty Year Plan, 1962-63.

 

4

Medical Planning Group of Joint Committee on Medical School Planning - Minutes, 1962-64.

 

5

Movie - Script; Release forms relating to movie with Milton Eisenhower on Sinai's plans for a school, 1964-66.

 

6

"Philosophy of the MSSM" - Comments, 1963.

 

7

Popper, Hans - Corresp.; Notes, 12/1962-11/1964.

 

8

Position Papers on organizational Structure, Research, etc.; Background Information, 1962-65.

 

9

Progress Reports on School Planning, 1963-67.

7

1

Space Committee - Minutes, 1959-60.

 

2

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - Corresp., etc., 1965-66.

 

3

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - "Report on Program from Addendum Drawings of 3/1/65, 4/8/65."

 

4

Space Program, Part I - Report by Blumenkranz & Assoc., 7/19/64.

 

5

Space Program, Part II - Report by Blumenkranz & Assoc., 7/19/64.

 

6

Space Program - Information submitted by departments, 1963-64.

 

7

Space Program, Tentative - Listing of needs by departments, Blumenkranz & Assoc., 5/1964

 

8

"Twenty Year Plan", 1962.